Sunday, September 2, 2012

September 2

1995 Topps #77 - Tim Raines

On this day in 1995, Tim Raines had his American League record forty consecutive steals end.

In the bottom of the third inning, at Comiskey Park, against the Toronto Blue Jays, Lance Johnson hit safely with one out. Johnson then stole second base with Tim Raines at the plate. It becomes moot when Rock Raines walks. With Dave Martinez at the plate, Lance and Tim attempt a double steal. Lance successfully steals third base, but Blue Jays catcher Randy Knorr throws Raines out at second, ending his AL record streak of consecutive steals at forty.

Tim came to the White Sox through a trade with the Montreal Expos on December 23, 1990. The Sox sent Ivan Calderon and Barry Jones to Canada in return for Raines, Jeff Carter and a player to be named later, which was Mario Brito. Rock played for the White Sox from 1991 until 1995, when he was traded to the New York Yankees after the '95 season for minor league pitcher Blaise Kozeniewski. Raines was third in stolen bases in 1991 and had a 100% stolen base percentage in 1994. He was also first in 1992 for left fielder range and first in left field fielding percentage in 1993. Tim returned as a coach with the White Sox for the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

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